Gardening Tips

Turfgrass (Photo by OSU's EESC)
Two ways to uproot your lawn
Grass lawns are the default for most yards, but a few people realize there are other options, like edible landscaping, a bark dust yard or low-maintenance groundcover.
Fava beans (Photo by Chris LaBelle)
Plan ahead to plant cover crops for healthy garden soil
Cover crops protect the soil from rain, add organic matter to the soil and in some cases add nitrogen to the soil to help plants grow.
Gymnosporangium libocedri (Photo by Jay Pscheidt)
Watch out for rust that can jump from incense cedars to fruit trees
Are globs of bright orange goo attacking both your incense cedar and pear trees? You could be dealing with a potentially devastating fungus known as Pacific coast pear rust.
Sunflower (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Easy ways to conserve water in the garden during a dry year
In a dry year, use water wisely, the Oregon State University Extension Service advises.
Cistaceae family (Photo by Linda McMahan)
Ten easy flowering shrubs that flourish with little water
Flowering shrubs can add beauty to your landscape. Choosing the right shrubs can help save money on your water bill, too.
A blue orchard mason bee on meadowfoam flower. (Photo by George Hoffman)
Add the buzz of mason bees to your garden
Concerned about the decline of honeybees, one of the hardest-working food crop pollinators? Don't overlook the importance of a native pollinator of your fruit trees – the blue orchard mason bee.
PNW Insect Management Handbook (Photo by OSU)
New website available for PNW Extension guide on managing insect pests
The latest research-based guidelines for managing insect pests, plant diseases and weeds in the Pacific Northwest are available through three newly updated, comprehensive guides.
Thatch (Photo by Alec Kowalewski.)
May is prime time to dethatch and aerate lawns
Thatch is a layer of decaying roots and stems that build up between grass and the soil.
Compost. (Photo by Tiffany Woods)
Turn manure into compost for your garden
Animal manure is rich in nutrients that make it a great organic fertilizer for your garden.
Raised bed cloche. (Photo by Sam Anigma.)
Six raised beds to try if you have bad soil
Afraid gardening and your soil are not compatible? Raised beds can come to the rescue.